Be sure to check out the movieclips of Asimo showing off his feats.
From the first article:
Only last year, Honda Motor Co.’s (7267.T) now-familiar humanoid robot, Asimo, was learning how to run and avoid tripping over obstacles. Now, the five-year-old droid is ready to take on simple office work, greeting visitors and fetching refreshments.
With more joints and flexibility of movement, Asimo can now also grip and carry a tray of drinks, placing it safely on a table.
Demonstrating its latest tricks through video footage, Honda showed the 130 cm-tall (4.25 feet) Asimo addressing a mock visitor by name and showing her to a conference room, all the while maintaining a steady and natural distance from the guest.
“Welcome, Sato-san,” Asimo said, bowing deeply as per standard Japanese etiquette.
What will happen when robots become smarter and smarter, and gradually start taking over more and more jobs?
Will we stand by and watch the economy take hits, or will we transform our economy in time in order to guarantee a guaranteed liveable income for those who lost their jobs to automization?
According to Marshall Brain’s analysis in his robotic nation essay, the latter is the only option we’ll have. So for more details, read his essay.
For more details on the implications of artificial intelligence, and the exponential acceleration thereof, read the Singularity FAQ.